October leaders and wander readings

With October having finished this past weekend, the two teams at the top of each conference ended up the Los Angeles Kings in the West and your Tampa Bay Lightning in the East. Although I'm sure we all figured that the Lighting would be better this year, but did you ever think they would be at the top of the Eastern Conference right now?

So the two teams who ended the month on top will face each other on Thursday night. Like the game against the Penguins, if there was ever a measuring stick game to gauge the Lightning this week, the Kings might be it. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times gives some interesting stats on top teams of previous October's, as "seven of the past 12 Stanley Cup champions lead their conference at this milestone". The conference winners of October has also been a pretty good playoff predictor as only twice in the past 24 seasons has a team missed the playoffs.

I suggest nothing with those stats about the Lighting's playoff chances now as we're still at the beginning of the season, just making conversation, but they are interesting stats nonetheless. Wednesday's game is a late start for the local viewers, but it should be worth the effort if you manage to stay up.

Your links from around the Boltosphere and around the NHL after the jump...

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Tweet of the week come from @fakedanellis:

You poor people really are lucky. You probably don't even know how much the cost of top-hats has exploded this year. #DanEllisProblems